9 Grant's

05 September, 2008

Value

growth Aug 08 v Aug 07: +37%

Key date in history: 1957 -

Hans Schleger

designs the triangular bottle

Famous friends: TV gardener Chris Beardshaw

in

Gardens After Hours

Strengths: One-of-a-kind bottle; global support

Challenges:

Looking modern next to Monkey Shoulder

The year gone: £3.8 million UK relaunch

The year ahead:

Hanging on to number three blended spot




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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